December 15, 2013 at 6:55 AM
LIVINGSTON, NJ - Following a successful Career Clothing Drive this past summer, Avika Bansal, a seventh-grade LYCS Peer Leader, is now setting her sights on helping the people in the Philippines via a Typhoon relief collection.
The drive began on Dec., 7, and is running until Dec. 21 at the Livingston Library, Town Hall, Mount Pleasant Middle School, Livingston High School, Heritage Middle School Future Business Leaders of America Club (FBLA) and the Senior Citizen Community Center. All donations will be distributed by the Give-A-Bit Initiative based at St. Raphael Church in Livingston.
According to Bansal, recommended items for donations are: Non-perishable foods (peanut butter, canned meats, sardines, instant soups and noodles, shelf stable milk, rice, energy bars), disposable cutlery, plates and napkins, nutritional supplements, vitamins, general medical supplies (pain relievers, wound dressing, first aid kits, antifungal medication), mosquito repellent, baby needs (diapers, wipes, towels, food and formula), toiletries, cleaning items (disinfectants, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes),large garbage bags, flashlights, batteries, candles, manual can openers, hand tools, pots, pans and cooking utensils.
“Providing any assistance to the community is a truly gratifying experience for our family," says Avika's mother, Charu Bansal. "Community service in any shape or form is a key aspect of a value system that we would like to instill in the younger generation, while keeping it as much fun as possible for youngsters who want to step up and make a difference.”